6 iPhone Apps that Let You Access Files in the Cloud

So, your files are too big and storing them all in your iPhone is impossible? Don’t fret because you can still store and access them over the internet using your iPhone. Here are the top iPhone apps that let you store and access your files in the cloud anytime, anywhere.

Dropbox (Free)

Screen shot 2009-10-05 at 10.16.50 PMThis iPhone app just became official last week. I just opened a free web account when the iPhone app came out, so I immediately grab it from the iTunes Apps Store. Dropbox offers an easy way of syncing your files online and across your computers. It also lets you share those files with people you allow. Specifically, the Dropbox iPhone apps offers the following features

  • Access your Dropbox on the go
  • View your files
  • Download files for offline viewing
  • Take photos and videos and sync them to your Dropbox
  • Share links to files in your Dropbox
  • Photo galleries
  • Sync downloaded files so they’re up-to-date

Please note that this iPhone app works with the web version Dropbox service and is not intended as a stand-alone product. If you don’t want to open a paid Dropbox account, there is a free account with 2GB storage.

visit http://www.getdropbox.com

CloudMobile ($1.99)

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Cloud Mobile offers easy-to-use and intuitive interface for managing and using your files in the cloud. It supports Cloud Files from the Rackspace Cloud. Specifically its features include the ff:

  • Support multiple Rackspace Cloud accounts
  • Container count / disk space for account
  • List containers
  • Create new containers
  • Delete containers
  • View container detail: object count, disk space, CDN info
  • CDN enable / disable containers; set TTL; CDN URL
  • Upload photos and movies (direct capture / library) from your iPhone to a container
  • List objects in a container
  • Delete objects
  • View object detail: size, tag, content type, modified
  • View / add / edit / delete object metadata
  • View / play objects supported on iPhone: images, audio, video
  • Links to Cloud Files and Rackspace Cloud status pages

Soonr (Free)

Screen shot 2009-10-05 at 10.17.37 PMThis is one of the first cloud storage iPhone apps that I installed on my iPhone. It lets you access, view, collaborate, search and print your files from the Soonr cloud servers. It offers automatic continuous backup of your PC or Mac files. Features of the Soonr iPhone app are the following:

  • Dashboard shows team activities at a glance helping you prioritize your time
  • View 42 documents types fast, without downloading large files
  • Project Folders quickly organize files into online workspaces
  • Share project folders with team members
  • Create links for public viewing
  • Full text search across computers and projects with advanced filters for more accurate results
  • Continuous backup with versioning and remote restore capability
  • Print from your iPhone to any shared printer
  • Send a fax with your eFax account
  • Email attachments into your online Projects
  • Integrate with contacts on your iPhone or Outlook on the desktop
  • Event notifications with SMS

Soonr offers a free account with 2GB online storage. It allows you to setup two other people to collaborate and access your files. For more access and storage you need to open a paid Soonr account.


Box.net (Free)

Screen shot 2009-10-05 at 10.18.11 PMBox.net is one of the most popular file sharing and collaboration service on the web. It’s iPhone app was also recently made available and it lets you easily access your files from anywhere and securely share content with anyone. Box.net’s lets you do the following:

  • View your Box content on-the-go: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF files, images and Box Web Documents
  • Share direct links to your Box files and folders with any of your iPhone contacts
  • Monitor updates to your Box account – see when someone’s uploaded the latest copy of that contract you’ve been waiting to see
  • Upload images from your iPhone’s photo library or camera roll – great for sending a picture of your whiteboard notes to a shared folder on Box, letting you collaborate with colleagues

Box.net offers a free account with 1GB of storage. You can register at http://www.box.net.

ZumoDrive (Free)

Screen shot 2009-10-05 at 10.34.30 PMZumoDrive for the iPhone goes by the tagline – “Supersize your iPhone.” If offers a free account with 1GB of storage. It supports various files including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and PDF. Conencting to the site using your iPhone is also fast via Wi-Fi, 3G or EDGE. ZumoDrive also promises that your files are protected by encryption and stored safely on redundant servers. Other file formats supported by ZumoDrive include -Â  PDF, TXT, Keynote 09, Pages 09, Numbers 09, code files (and other plain text files), music files, JPG, TIFF.

MobileMe iDisk (Free)

Screen shot 2009-10-05 at 10.19.21 PMThis iPhone needs no further introduction. It is connected to Apple’s MobileMe services. It allows you to assign a password to your files before sharing them.

MobileMe’s features include:

  • View files on your iDisk
  • Access Public folders
  • Easily share files from your iPhone
  • Quickly access recently viewed files
  • View iPhone-supported file types – including iWork, Office, PDF, QuickTime and more. (Files larger than 20MB may not be viewable.)

Of course, MobileMe iDisk requires MobileMe subscription which is kind of pricey. If you want to test the service first you may register for a trial account which will last for 60 days.

Visit the MobileMe site – http://www.apple.com/mobileme.